As the title says, considering the cost of the vehicle, I'm very pleased.
My mileage is always above 31MPG (rural driving & warm weather).
I'm surprised by this - but happy of course.
Despite what the EPA says, I'm convinced that a gentle driver gets much better mileage with a manual transmission.
The car handles like a sports car which is amazing considering its high ground clearance.
The ride is quite firm but not uncomfortable.
The high sitting position gives the driver wonderful 360 degree visibility.
Negligible blind areas.
Some road and wind noise which I don't find bothersome.
When it comes to finding a small AWD wagon with a sunroof and manual transmission, there are only two choices. One is the Jeep Patriot, but that car had some quality control issues that I'm not sure were overcome, plus it looks like a toaster on wheels.
The Forester fits the bill - not too fancy, not too plain, just right! There is plenty of room for full sized people. The black fabric on the seats and doors has subtle copper colored accents that add a nice look.
You get easy entry and exit due to the large doors and seat height. Once behind the wheel it drives sporty with very few blind spots, and the huge sunroof brings in the great outdoors!
This is my 6th Subaru and my 4th Forester.
The last one was a 2009 that I put 84K trouble free miles on.
The Forester isn't necessarily the best car out there, but it is one of the best to fit all of the necessary categories of AWD, mpg, cost, space, style, and reliability.
I have recommended Subaru to my family and friends, and no one has been disappointed.
I would like them to update the automatic transmission, but Subaru engines seem to operate better at higher rpm's.
The 2012 seats also seem more comfortable than previous years.
The maintenance program of 7500 mile oil changes does make a difference in cost of keeping it on the road and trouble free.
I checked out some other choices before I decided on this car. I am 52, I have bought 11 new vehicles so far in my life.This is great my best so far. Very little road noise, very smooth ride. Doors are solid. Great visibility. Basic stereo sounds very good. The clearance is terrific, great for exploring in rural Arizona, where 4 x 4 is not needed but added clearance is. Seriously this is the most happy I have ever been with a vehicle in my life. My first Subaru, my first Japanese vehicle.
The 2012 Subaru Forester (VIN: JF2SHAEC8CH447905) has been great overall, until this summer. After only 2 and one-half years of ownership the AC stopped functioning! The Subaru dealer (Fred Beans Doylestown, PA) said it was likely the evaporator ($150 to estimate) and could be repaired for $1100. Our home repair shop (Barry Luff's Buckingham, PA) recharged the system including fluorescent dye and could not find a leak, suggesting it was the evaporator. They removed the evaporator, and saw (I have the part) the dye had leaked from within the evaporator fins by a puncture that was in addition to the place where the thermostat probe was placed. The suggestion was that the manufacturer had accidentally placed the additional puncture upon instillation, making a weakness for the leak to eventually occur, causing premature failure of the evaporator. It would be worthwhile to consider if other 2012 Subaru Forester owners have had this problem.